July 2011 Blog Posts (151)


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I think I might have a concussion. Migraine like headache, dizzyness, orthostatic intollerance and feeling like I'm going to puke. Just what I want when I'm going to umpire 2 games tonight, 5 tomorrow and 3 on Sunday in 105+ heat index.

How did I get this way? Last night I was umpiring a championship game for…

Added by SuFu, Ph.D. on July 15, 2011 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

I am very fortunate

I just read a post by a person who is T1 and is trying to get a job as a MRI technician. Problem. The person uses a pump and the pump cannot be worn inside that strong of a magnetic field. So the person is worried that they will not get the job. The kicker. The job involves diabetes research. Let me see if I understand this correctly. A person with diabetes may not get a job aiding in diabetes research because that person is a diabetic.

When I read this persons post it made me… Continue

Added by brokenpole on July 15, 2011 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Being a mother of a diabetic child.

Being a mother of a diabetic is a constant tension, all our feelings and emotions are tested daily.

We have no guarantee of a cure, so we know all that passed here, will be repeated.

We live a daily tension, sometimes hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia now.

Each blood glucose test, the heart… Continue

Added by Sarah Nunes on July 15, 2011 at 11:10am — 4 Comments

Challenges of Free Diabetes Education program.

Diabetes Education program comes in different forms today. The media and health institutions conduct different education program or the other to ensure patients living with diabetes live well. However, the challenges abound regarding standardization of the education curricula.

It is unfortunate that while delivering diabetes education in a state hospital, I once witnessed a nurse instructing the patients not to eat any food containing carbohydrate. I asked why, the simple answer was that;… Continue

Added by ISAAC YAKUBU AKOGU on July 15, 2011 at 2:34am — 3 Comments

Feeling blessed.

I just wanted to give everyone an update on how my busy life is doing and share how blessed I feel. My blood sugars are doing better then they have in awhile, I am signed up for my first semester of college starting this fall, and work is going pretty good :) As always I have a great family and friends and never want to forget to thank my great and mighty God for all the blessings he gives me and for always keeping me safe helping me through the tough times. Wish me luck as I begin college this… Continue

Added by Leanna on July 14, 2011 at 8:22pm — 3 Comments

Kayaking Cures

I took some time off from writing (publicly at least) because I had misplaced my positive mindset for quite awhile. While I know some find it therapeutic to share when they are down, I find it even more so to share when I'm upbeat - that way when I look back and reread, I have some of my own thoughts to keep me going in the positive direction. I apologize for the hiatus, but even more so for the nerdy 'betes and kayak jargon that fills this post - its summertime, so that's really all I've got… Continue

Added by Doodle on July 14, 2011 at 6:05pm — No Comments

New Challenges

I just recently found out I have lost 15 lbs since my diagnosis in February! I have done it mostly through diet. I have to admit that since I have been feeling better, I have been more & more active. I have not, however, been exercising for the sake of exercise as often as I probably should. That actually encourages me. If I can lose 15 lbs in 6 months with little regular exercise, I really want to see what hitting the gym will do for me.

About 3 years ago I went on a large… Continue

Added by erick5876 on July 14, 2011 at 12:05pm — 2 Comments

Foot Care

I never realized how much I look after my feet. It was pointed out to me how I spend almost a half hour a day after work inspecting my feet. And I really do. It isn't so much a habit I adopted from being diabetic though. I'm not sure how or when it formed. I've always had troublesome feet. I have had this persistent topical rrsh that likes to randomly move around my feet, and I've probably had it for about 6 or 7 years. It is the worst at the end of my day, when my feet are sweaty and my socks… Continue

Added by Kд§$ị (ИσvΔ) on July 14, 2011 at 5:33am — 5 Comments

Water Bottles

We all hear the commercials and see the ads and hear it on the radio and TV that we all need to slow down on our bottled water consumption and switch to a personal water bottle and refill it so we can…

Added by The Diabetic Camper on July 13, 2011 at 9:08pm — 2 Comments

Happy and frustrated

I have been on the Minimed Paradigm 723 pump for 2 weeks now and I absolutely love the pump!! I had been gining insulin shots for 13 year previous to this and I could not bemore happier! But... (the dreaded word) I have been constantly low and my doctor won't see me unitl 5 weeks from todays date. I have playing doctor and changing my basal rates and my bolus rates obviously they are both set too high because I have corrected 5 times today for low blood sugars below 70 today (yesterday one for… Continue

Added by Raina22 on July 13, 2011 at 6:01pm — 11 Comments

The Call

This afternoon I received a disturbing call from my former plumber. He kept my phone number after installing a heater in 2006. "Monique, how are you? Remember me, I installed your heater," he said. Not thinking I responded, "What wrong with my heater? Is there a recall? Should I have it cleaned? Did my sister call you?” “ No," he chuckled, "I saved your number after we discussed diabetes, and some issues my mother was having with her diabetes."

Recently his mother was placed in a… Continue

Added by mistressbinky on July 13, 2011 at 3:18pm — 5 Comments

Felt like writing a bit about some new low-carb stuff I've been doing. I was diagnosed in 1991 at the age of 3 as a Type 1. Somehow my mom (who is also a Type 1) managed to keep my A1C's around 6 th…

Felt like writing a bit about some new low-carb stuff I've been doing.

I was diagnosed in 1991 at the age of 3 as a Type 1. Somehow my mom (who is also a Type 1) managed to keep my A1C's around 6 throughout my childhood, which gave me a good head start. By the time I hit my teens, I lost the good numbers through a blend of becoming resistant to the type of insulin I was on and hormones, as well as the desire to experiment with foods.

At 20 I switched insulin to Humalog and… Continue

Added by onelildustbunni on July 13, 2011 at 2:21am — 4 Comments

Just home from hospital

I am home, a bit shaky, after a smooth operation to remove a parathyroid gland, and despite copious nausea after the op. And too I have survived 2 days of nothing but bread to eat! It started with being allowed tea and toast between 6am and 7am yesterday pre-op, which was scheduled for the afternoon. Eventually I came round enough to be able to nibble at, yes, a sandwich! Breakfast was great, really great for a diabetic, cereal, toast, prunes and orange juice. And for lunch today I had yet… Continue

Added by Pastelpainter on July 13, 2011 at 1:08am — 5 Comments

I reduced my insulin and I gained weight!!!!

I have been following a low carb diet for the past 3 months.I reduced my insulin from 65 units a day to an average of 30 units a day.However I did not exercise in the past three months.My hba1c stayed the same but I gained 6 kilos!!I am upset about this to be honest...I feel like I havent acvhieved anything from going low carb.In fact the dieticen has advised me to start eating carbs again.I always thought that if you can lower your insulin you will lose weight but I guess this isnt the case… Continue

Added by Beibhinn Burke on July 12, 2011 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Yeah, I've got the Beets, so what?

Hi Everyone!

Although I'm new to this site, I'm not new to blogging. Blogging is a great outlet for me to express my feelings about diabetes, or as I like to call it, The Beets. Plus, I like to pretend that I'm a great writer and that millions of people will benefit from my sometimes sarcastic, maybe humorous ramblings. I hope you enjoy reading my stories and feel free to comment or contact me!

My name is Erin. I am 25 (almost 26, yikes!) years old. I'm a graphic designer,… Continue

Added by lizard on July 12, 2011 at 12:04pm — 1 Comment

Rev3 Portland Half Iron Triathlon Race Report

Raced a half-iron distance tri put on by Revolution 3 this weekend in Portland, OR. This was my "long race" for the season as I'm focusing on olympic distance this year, but I still had a great race.

BG hovered near 180- 200 during the morning leading up to the race (stress, adrenaline, etc). Backed my basal off to -55% of normal for 5 hours. Last BG check was 211 about 10 min before going into the water. I had eaten a… Continue

Added by Bradford on July 12, 2011 at 7:58am — 4 Comments

Things I Overheard at ...

Click over to my blog for the full text and lots of unlinked posts including weight lifting updates from yesterday.

...Batman's t-ball game last night. A lot of the kids know each other from various daycares, summer camps, swimming lessons, soccer, ect. Batman has two friends Ms. Blondie and Mr. Pollie. It's pretty much widely known throughout the daycare that Batman and… Continue

Added by SuFu, Ph.D. on July 12, 2011 at 6:46am — No Comments

It can't happen but did!

This Can't Happen To Me!: Tackling Type 2 diabetes This Can't Happen To Me!: Tackling Type 2 diabetes by Tim Bowden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For those who join the sweet wee club late in life… Continue

Added by Dave Riley on July 12, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments


Do I seem obsessed with it? Well I am a little. 8 years ago it took over my life and I am still struggling to get through recovery. It has not always been easy to talk about. Many reactions I receive from people when they hear that I'm still trying to move past it are shocked and horrified, and I understand. That being said, it doesn't make it any easier.

I am lucky to have a good team of people working on my side. My nutritionist has written the only book every published on… Continue

Added by Tressa on July 11, 2011 at 11:54pm — 3 Comments

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